Common Sense: A Contemporary Defense

Common Sense: A Contemporary Defense

Hardback Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

By (author) Noah M. Lemos, Series edited by Ernest Sosa, Series edited by Jonathan Dancy, Series edited by John Haldane, Series edited by Gilbert Harman, Series edited by Frank Jackson, Series edited by William G. Lycan, Series edited by Sydney Shoemaker, Series edited by Judith Jarvis Thomson


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  • Format: Hardback | 210 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 234mm x 18mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 14 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521837847
  • ISBN 13: 9780521837842
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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In this 2004 book, Noah Lemos presents a strong defense of the common sense tradition, the view that we may take as data for philosophical inquiry many of the things we ordinarily think we know. He discusses the main features of that tradition as expounded by Thomas Reid, G. E. Moore and Roderick Chisholm. For a long time common sense philosophers have been subject to two main objections: that they fail to give any non-circular argument for the reliability of memory and perception; and that they pick out instances of knowledge without knowing a criterion for knowledge. Lemos defends the appeal to what we ordinarily think we know in both epistemology and ethics and thus rejects the charge that common sense is dogmatic, unphilosophical or question-begging. Written in a clear and engaging style, this book will appeal to students and philosophers in epistemology and ethics.

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Author information

Noah Lemos is Professor of Philosophy at DePauw University.

Review quote

"...Academic libraries wanting a solid philosophy collection should acquire this book." CHOICE May 2005 "clear and straightfoward" - Amy M. Schmitter, University of Alberta

Table of contents

Acknowledgements; Preface; 1. The common sense tradition; 2. Common sense and reliability I; 3. Common sense and reliability II; 4. Reid, reliability, and Reid's wrong turn; 5. Moore, skepticism, and the external world; 6. Chisholm, particularism, and methodism; 7. Common sense and a priori epistemology; 8. Particularism, ethical skepticism, and moral philosophy; Conclusion; Selected bibliography; Index.